Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Syrian state media: Anti-aircraft fires on 'enemy targets' near Damascus

Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus — media Syrian air defences intercept 'missiles' near Damascus: State media
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2019, 13:16

The attack took place at 11:15 p.m., it said.

"Only a ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus worldwide airport was hit", SANA cited the military source as saying. Later, a Ministry of Transport source said that traffic at the airport had not been affected by the strikes.

"The results of the assault were limited to the targeting of a warehouse at Damascus International Airport", the source added.

"Two areas hosting military positions of Iranian forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement have been targeted", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defences firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky.

Incidentally, this was the first Israeli airstrike on the Damascus area in 2019.

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In November 2018, Syrian state media reported that the country's air defences shot down "hostile targets" flying over the town of Kisweh, just south of Damascus, and "were able to foil its goals" despite the "intensity of the aggression".

The outgoing IDF chief of staff has acknowledged that Israel has been bombing Syria on a "near-daily" basis for years, in a massive military campaign allegedly aimed at degrading Tehran's supposed military buildup in the region.

If confirmed, this would be the second round of Israeli strikes in Syria since USA announced its intent to withdraw on December 19.

According to the TV channel, Syrian anti-aircraft gunners struck down several missiles over the Mezzeh suburb near a military aerodrome.

Iranian and Iran-backed groups including Lebanon's Hezbollah have deployed into Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government during the war.

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